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On or about April 10, 1890, a gentleman by the name of David Henry Vanhoy was buried at Pace Cemetery along with 1 or 2 of his offspring's. His name is not David Henry Vanhoy.  He was born 1860 in Perry Township, Martin County, Indiana and was named Lafayette Vanhoy. On April 7, 1883 he and his spouse Molly Pace obtained a marriage license in Daviess County, Indiana and were married on April 10, 1883. Shortly there after they moved to Dent County, MO. but due to the fact that he was suffering from consumption he was not able to hold steady work. For some unknown reason he changed his name to David Henry Vanhoy and remained a mystery for the past 130 years.

His nephews and nieces knew him as 'Uncle Laff' and relished in his humor. He was one of nine children born to Charles B. Vanhoy and Rebecca Greenwell. He had 5 brothers and 3 sisters. it has been told that he went out west and was never heard from again but yet on April 10, 1890, his widow, Margaret 'Molly' Pace wrote to his younger brother and told of his passing, and that as of that very day they would have been married 7 years. She told of her grief and how lonely she was and that the doctors told her that her husband had
died of Consumption (TB). After all his brothers and sisters passed the history of Laffayette Vanhoy was lost until this year. He stood over 6' 5" tall and had dark hair and brown eyes with a long beard.  Hopefully, now that his whereabouts are known and what happened to him, his soul can finally find peace. Submitted by Paul D. VanHoy

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